In the Life: INtroduction

 

Hey there! Something I’ve wanted to do for a long time is share my life with others through sharing my story. The Lord has brought me a long way. I still absolutely have a very long way to go, with a lot of learning to happen and the fruition of many hopes and dreams Lord willing, but I desire to share this journey I’m on with others in the hope of bringing God’s truth, grace, light, healing and freedom to areas of bondage, brokenness and darkness.

I have had some opportunities to do this, but when I'm sharing with people in person, there’s always limited time. One thing gets briefed over, another thing gets left out, and I leave feeling like I didn’t depict the full, true and clear picture of my life – the ups and downs, the successes, mistakes and failures, the unforgettable moments, relationships, sacrifices, thought processes, feelings, decisions, etc. including things experienced and learned from being a daughter, athlete, student, wife, mom, ministry worker, etc.

After struggling with accepting it, I’ve learned that other people will never fully understand my life, no matter what and no matter how much I desire them to. Not even my husband. And that’s okay. My God and Father fully knows and understands me to the utmost. He knows me way better than I even know myself. And whether sharing in person or in writing, something will always get left out or interpreted differently than I meant it.

However, this does not take away from the power of sharing and sharing in the most honest and deep way possible through writing. Some things are meant to stay between God and I. Some things are meant to stay between my husband and I. And some things are meant to stay between other people and I. I seek to understand and respect these limits. There are also many things that can and should be shared but often stay hidden. These are things Satan uses to make people feel isolated as they face them when in reality, many of us face and deal with the same things. In the words of Jesus,

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10

And in the words of Peter, the rock on whom Jesus is building his church,

“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.” 1 Peter 5:8-9

The continual blog series, In the Life, will consist of stories and experiences of my life and Denise’s life. My prayer is that as you read about our lives, that you are encouraged and challenged in your own life and the journey the Lord has you on, whether you have a relationship with Him or not. May He breathe His breath of real, true, abundant life over and into your life through what He’s done and continues to do in our lives. May your journey not be easy but be incredibly blessed!

 

 

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